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" I don't mind the name," she said, " if you'd just save it
" Now you see, Senator, the girl is downright selfish," and
Mr. Christian nodded his head toward Senator Tolliver.
The girl took a sip of the wine, and explained: " No, it's
just that you call half the animals on the place Sukie, then
you call me Sukie too. Bird dogs, cows, mares. After all,
I'm your daughter, you know."
" It's a good name. When you come right down to it, now,
I can't say as I know a better, not for a she-critter. And I
always wanted my daughter to have the best. Yes, sir, I took
one look at her when she was born and I said to my wife:
' You name her Lucille if you want, but she's a likely-looking
passel and she'll be Sukie to me. If she keeps on improving/ "
" Along with fifty bird dogs at one time and another," the
girl said, " and the Lord knows how many hounds."
"Selfish," Mr. Christian observed, and shook his head
despondently. " Selfish and self-centred."
The son of Captain Todd was sitting beside Mr. Munn on
a sofa. Leaning forward with his elbows on his knees, he
watched Lucille Christian, whose profile was toward him, or
now and then turned to glance at Mr. Munn as though he
were about to say something. Mr. Munn decided that he
was a good boy. He did look like Captain Todd; still did.
Probably would look more like as time passed. But he didn't
have any hint of the Captain's quality of control, of certainty.
But what boy could?
"You finish this year, don't you?" Mr. Munn asked the
The boy straightened up suddenly, and turned to Mr.
Munn, a hint of pleasure and of anxiety to please showing
k his face. "Yes, sir, next June. Barring accidents." He
seemed about to say more, then stopped, flushing a little.
M Going to practise in this section?"
**Weli you see, not until lately I didn't think so. You
seen—the boy hesitated—"I was thinking about going into
a man's -office in Cincinnati A Mr. Lightfoot; he used to